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Small Cats, Hitias, Maui, Melanésia etc...


Small Cats, Hitias, Maui, Melanésia etc...

People who think big in small boats

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Latest Activity: Sep 14, 2018

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Hello Just joined the group.  I sent a message instead of posting here.  Not a good start!Anyway I have just bought a Melanesia and in the process of getting  my head round it.  I am trying to reduce…Continue

Started by Mark Stevens. Last reply by Mark Stevens Sep 14, 2018.

Hitia 17 boat cover

Does anyone have any experience of making or buying a boat cover for a Hitia 17? Mine is living outside fully assembled during the sailing season and could really do with something to keep the sun…Continue

Tags: cover, 17, Hitia

Started by Dan Hammond Oct 14, 2015.

Hitia 17- Alternative Construction Techniques 4 Replies

I'm currently in the process of building my Hitia 17, but I'm a little out of sequence, since I need to clear some projects from my shop before I can commence construction of the hulls.Most of my…Continue

Tags: Mast, Hitia

Started by Omar M. Rashash. Last reply by Rune M. Christensen Mar 20, 2014.

Hitia 17 Cat Rig? 1 Reply

I'm curious how you think the Hitia 17 would handle if the mast was moved up to the front beam and the rig was turned into a Sprit Cat Rig? Also, is there a way to calculate stability based on Width?…Continue

Started by Ben Wertsch. Last reply by Ben Wertsch Nov 11, 2013.

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Comment by Polinesio - Tarcisio Silva on August 29, 2011 at 6:40am

Hi Roger,

Hanneke made this same experience to reach a new boat model: the Tahiti Wayfarer.

Better winds,


Polinesio Catamarans

design & building


Comment by Rogerio Martin on August 29, 2011 at 8:25am

I know Tarcisio, but the Tahiti have 21' and sail with paddles as rudders. Is too much primitive for me. I bought a melanesia plans, becouse I have a lot of plys with 40 cm width thats remains of a good buy for the tiki 30.

I can do 2 melanesias with this plys...so I will do one little cat 15', with rudders and hitia crossbeans.


I'm thinking close the deck, do boyance, and uses nets in middle (like windows security nets for childrens in apartments).


mast: crabclaw (with bamboo) or wingsail (with aluminum mast)


what do you think about?


P.S: English is courtesy with ours readers? You know I Brazilian...

Comment by Rogerio Martin on October 25, 2011 at 9:50am
Two hitia 17 in Vitoria, Brazil
Comment by Rogerio Martin on March 4, 2012 at 10:03am

Comment by Martin on April 28, 2012 at 2:43pm

The chair of dreams!

And sitting on it...

Comment by Rogerio Martin on April 29, 2012 at 5:26pm



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